Even though we haven’t driven it yet, we’re already falling in love with the 345-horsepower Ford Focus RS, mostly because of its DRIFT MODE button. But here’s something else to make you fall in love with it. It’ll get to highway speeds in 4.7 seconds, according to Ford, and will keep going all the way to 165 MPH.

That’s way, way beyond hot-hatch territory. That’s boiling-lava-all-over-your-face-hatch territory. For comparison, that’s just about the same as a Porsche Cayman S.

And since it’ll be competing with all of the other boiling-lava small cars, it should be right around the same price, too. Ford hasn’t said anything about American pricing yet, but in the United Kingdom it’ll cost £28,940. Compare that with the Volkswagen Golf R at £30,820 in jolly old England, and £28,995 for a Subaru WRX STi, and it’s right on the proverbial money.

For comparison, a Volkswagen Golf R goes for $35,650 in the US, and the Subie goes for $34,695, and the original Ford Focus RS price we heard of $35,730 sounds just about right, too.

UPDATE: As Oppo user fourvalleys points out, $35,730 is apparently the official price on Ford’s website as of this morning.

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But do those cars have DRIFT MODE buttons for maximum hoonage as well?

I don’t think so. USA USA USA, America #1.

Oh, and it’s also got launch control. But lots of cars have launch control nowadays.

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DRIFT MODE.


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